Agile development and software architecture
are frequently seen as two divergent schools of thought or "camps". Agile
developers often refer to architecture as Big Design Upfront (BDUF)
and may regard the architect's major output as merely shelf-ware.
Proponents of architecture-centric software development may see
Agilists as undisciplined or short-sighted, engaged in endless rounds of
refactoring which architectural foresight could have forestalled.
In reality, Agile development and software architecture
practices are complementary. Focused attention on architectural concerns
becomes critical as Agile development scales-up to handle larger and more
complex systems. Agile development's focus on customer value, rapid feedback
and response to change can provide practices that assist Architects in dealing
with ever more volatile environments and increasingly compressed delivery
In this webinar, we will take a journey to each camp to
dispel misconceptions and discuss how Agilists and Architects can learn from
and benefit each other.
Nanette Brown is a Visiting Scientist with the Software Engineering Institute's Research, Technology and System Solutions Program and is a Principal Consultant with NoteWell Consulting. She is currently engaged in an SEI Research Project on "Communicating the Value of Architecting within Agile Development" as well as other activities focusing on architecture within an Agile context.
Previously, Nanette worked at Pitney Bowes Inc., most recently as Director of Architecture and Quality Management, where she was responsible for design and implementation of a customized SDLC that blended RUP and Agile practices. Nanette has presented at multiple industry conferences including SD Best Practices and Project World and the World Conference of Business Analysts on topics including Facilitated Iteration Planning and using the SEI scenario-based approach to specify quality attributes.